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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Busby International, Inc. (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977702707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977702701
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I LOVED your book!!! I picked it up looking for something specific last night, and couldn't put it down. --Julie Hoffman, Founder/Director Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue

About the Author

Dr. James L. Busby has been a practicing veterinarian for 40 years. For the last 27 years, he's run an outpatient small animal practice in Bemidji, Minnesota. The fourth veterinarian in his family in three generations, his great grandfather, Dr. Krull, was a real "horse and buggy" doctor who migrated to NE Nebraska early in the 20th century from Albany, NY. Dr. Krull's two grandsons (his uncle and father) became DVMs in the 30s & early 40s.

Dr. Busby's mission is to bring to the people truth in veterinary care, tempered with common sense.


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Customer Reviews

I read it front to back in a couple sittings.
Kimberly S. Bean
It will save you money and will give you the knowledge necessary to just say "NO!" when your vet begins padding the bill with unnecessary charges and procedures.
Edward
To anyone who has a pet or is a new owner, please read this book.
gsprincy

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By gsprincy on October 25, 2006
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I bought this book at the suggestion of my chihuahua breeder. I have never read a book with so much honesty and care for animals as this one. Dr. Busby explains the most common medical procedures, what they treat and whether or not they are really necessary. He gives you the insight when to incur these bills and when to avoid them. I couldn't believe that the are vet's trying to convince owners of unnecessary treatment just to make money. To anyone who has a pet or is a new owner, please read this book. It will give you a better understanding of what your pet will need to stay healthy. Awesome book, it's worth the money!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chico on September 7, 2008
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Vet's advice so concise and all encompassing I'll feel self-indulgent anytime I take our dogs to one again except for a 3 year rabies shot.
But sometimes I will indulge.
Absolutely essential reading for those of us retired but hoping to maintain our pets well-being within our financial resources.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheila B. Edney on June 24, 2008
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I read an article in our local paper about this doctor and then ordered his book. I am glad I did. I want to give my dogs the best care, but I don't want unnecessary care, and this book helps sort things out. I wish I had read it before berating and traumatizing myself over the loss of one of our precious dogs because we chose to put her down rather than pay $6-10,000 for a surgery that had almost no hope of helping her. After reading this book, I now know that our choice was appropriate for our situation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cherise on February 6, 2009
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This book did a great job helping me get over my guilty about pet care. The author not only tells you what you don't need to pay for but why it's unnecessary and sometimes dangerous for your pet to get these expensive procedures.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. McCann on July 21, 2008
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This book is a simple, short must read of practical advice that every pet owner should read. It is easy to understand and not muddled with scientific jargon that can intimidate someone without a science background. It is straightforward and honest and written by a veterinarian who actually owns animals. The veterinary industry is probably the least scutinized industry by government other than requiring licensing of staff and licensing of facility--actual practice procedures are not monitored--so the public needs to realize that many practitioners today are primarily motivated by profit.

As a breeder of show dogs for 20 years, I spend a lot of money and time with veterinarians who are general practictioners, eye specialists,and orthopedic specialists. My annual veterinary fees, licensing fees, etc. easily approach $4,000 each year--so I have learned to not accept every approach to veterinary care as equal--because veterinary care is a profit making industry that offers services to owners of pets. Today, nearly 40% of veterinarians are paid a commission ranging from 3% to 30% of every service that they provide for each pet--and that padding of bills is seldom done out of necessity for the quality care and health of the pet--rather for the quality of life for the veterians. Many veterinarians
do not even own pets themselves and rely on drug salesman to guide them rather than years of experience in dealing with health issues of pets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward on September 1, 2012
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This book is an eye opener to the rip-offs of many of today's veterinarians who seem to be more skilled in marketing techniques than actual medical care. After reading this book, I can look back and now realize how many times I was "scammed" by some local veterinarians for unnecessary practices. Over the years, I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on veterinary care for my pets. Indeed, some of it was justified, but a LOT of it was not. If you are a pet owner, buy this book. It will save you money and will give you the knowledge necessary to just say "NO!" when your vet begins padding the bill with unnecessary charges and procedures. Sadly, many of today's "new" veterinarians are coming out of vet school being taught skills to scam their customers! Don't believe me? Then just google the words "veterinary ripoff the rubes" and you will see a website (terrierman) in which a columnist for "Veterinary Economics" gives a presentation to a veterinary conference in 2007 in which he "teaches" them about high $$ income for vet practices.
Read some of the quotes he gives as advice to today's vets on how to get MORE money from the customer.

Do NOT forgo veterinary care for your pet. Read this book and search the Internet for other ripoff scams of today's veterinarians. There are still some honest vets out there. Once you become more knowledgeable about today's veterinary scams, you will be able to find an HONEST and caring vet for your pet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle K on April 11, 2009
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I'm very pleased to have purchased this book. It really opened my eyes to the malpractice in our vet clinics nationwide. I wish I could find a vet half as honest as this gentleman. From now on I will only be sending my dogs to the vet when they truely need medical attention. No more fecals, routine shots and 'wellness' exams every six months for me. I'll be worming and vaccinating my own dogs. I have two dogs in goood health and I have been spending about $600 a year for basically nothing but to feed thier bottom line. To think all this time vaccinating on a yearly basis may actually do more harm than good. They hope your dog/cat does get ill so you'll show up even more often. Shame on them!
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